New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued notices to the central government and the Election Commission of India regarding a petition by the Congress party saying it hasn’t flouted laws on receiving overseas funds.

The Delhi high court on 28 March had found Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party guilty for violating foreign funding laws by receiving donations from Sterlite Industries and Sesa Goa Ltd, subsidiaries of UK-based Vedanta Resources Plc.

The Congress has challenged the ruling in the apex court.

There was a question of interpretation regarding whether a company incorporated outside India but with Indian stakeholders will still be considered a foreign source of funds, argued former law minister and lawyer Kapil Sibal, who represented the Congress.

A three-judge bench of chief justice of India R.M. Lodha and justices Kurian Joseph and Rohinton Nariman found reason to interpret a provision of law that defines what constitutes foreign funding.

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